Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers surprised by departure of athletic director Mark Coyle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman In a development that few saw coming in the Syracuse community, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle left the school Wednesday and will serve in the same capacity at Minnesota.The news not only came as a surprise to community members, but also to the head coaches of SU’s highest-profile programs: Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers. Coyle was announced as the Orange’s athletic director in June after a three-month search to replace Daryl Gross. He officially began his job on July 6, and is leaving his post after less than a full year.Boeheim learned of Coyle’s departure on Wednesday morning, and told Syracuse.com the news is “shocking.”“I would say it’s a surprise,” Boeheim told Syracuse.com. “I really liked Mark Coyle. I thought he was really good. Thought he had a good grip on everything in a relatively short period of time. It’s shocking. I like him a lot and I thought he was doing great.”Only six days after Syracuse named Mark Coyle the 10th director of athletics in school history, SU announced Mike Hopkins would be the successor to the 40-year veteran head coach. Boeheim had previously announced he intended to retire after the 2017-18 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most heralded coaching change Coyle made was with football, the sport he played through his college years at Drake University. He fired Scott Shafer with a week remaining in SU’s season and hired former Bowling Green coach Dino Babers.Babers was away from campus and attending the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings on Wednesday when he heard the news from ESPN. Comments Related Stories Insight on Mark Coyle’s decision to leave Syracuse from former Minnesota director of athleticsSyracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for MinnesotaTop 3 moments from Mark Coyle’s time at SyracuseStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departurelast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers break down Syracuse’s 71-69 win over Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm Syracuse extended its winning streak to three games with a 71-69 win against Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. Buddy Boeheim poured in 18 first-half points and bought Elijah Hughes (17 points) enough time to find his rhythm. In the paint, the Orange (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) outscored the Hokies (13-5, 4-3) 34-12, highlighted by Marek Dolezaj’s third double-double in the last five games.Below, The Daily Orange’s beat writers break down Syracuse’s win.center_img Commentslast_img

WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 19th September, 2019 15:27 IST WWE SmackDown: History, Controversy, Everything You Need To Know Last month marked the 20-year-anniversary of WWE SmackDown. This BlueThis Blue-band show has since provided the world with some great athletes and great shows. WE RECOMMEND Last month marked the 20-year-anniversary of WWE SmackDown. This Blue-band show has since provided the world with some great athletes and great shows. Wrestlers like John Cena, The Rock, The Undertaker, AJ Styles, Batista, Randy Orton, and countless others showcased their talents in SmackDown and later became WWE legends. The WWE SmackDown made its debut in 1999 to compete with WCW’s Thursday night show, Thunder. SmackDown became so famous that WCW had to move Thunder to Wednesday. SmackDown made use of the colour blue, earning the nickname ‘The Blue-Band Show’ among WWE (formerly known as WWF) fans.Also Read l Brock Lesnar returns to SmackDown, decimates WWE Champ Kofi KingstonThe History of WWE SmackDown In 2002, WWE underwent ‘The Brand Extension’ which divided WWE into two parts, RAW and SmackDown. The announcement was made on March 2002 and was made official the next day. This created a lot of problems, like Brock Lesnar who was then in SmackDown refused to defend his WWE Undisputed Champion title on Raw, which caused the title to become a SmackDown exclusive. WWE officials then had to unveil the World Heavyweight Championship as a Raw-exclusive title.Also Read l Kevin Owens gets fired from WWE by Shane McMahon on SmackDownWWE then changed many Networks, between 2006 to 2015, the wrestling company telecasted its shows on the CW Network, then moved to MyNetworkTV on 2008 and then shifted to Syfy in 2010. SmackDown was with Syfy for five years where it saw many changes. Former wrestler Booker T started commentating for SmackDown, and the Blue-Band telecast the second-largest episode in American television history. Memorable matches like John Cena vs Big Show and Triple H vs Sheamus were played between these five years. WWE and Syfy officials then decided to telecast all the episodes of SmackDown on Fridays, which took the ratings of the show through the roof. Also Read l Batista snubbed: WWE leaves him out of Smackdown tribute videoIn 2015, WWE moved to USA Network and SmackDown was telecasted on Thursday and later it was shifted to Tuesdays. In 2016, WWE saw the return of Brock Lesnar and then WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H after the main event of SmackDown. In early 2019, WWE came into a five-year-deal with Fox and it is reported that SmackDown will be telecasted on Friday.   Earlier this week, Brock Lesnar returned to SmackDown Live on Tuesday and delivered an F-5 to WWE Champion Kofi Kingston after challenging him for the WWE title. Brock Lesnar earlier lost the Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania following which he was rumoured to make a return to SmackDown. With Brock joining the blue-band, WWE is planning to give SmackDown the same big stage as Monday night RAW before joining Fox. Also Read l WWE: United States Champion AJ Styles’ Report Card, Stats, and Fandom LIVE TV Adil Khan 11 months ago Charlotte Flair and rumours sorrounding her in-ring and social life First Published: 19th September, 2019 15:27 IST 1 year ago Batista snubbed: WWE leaves him out of Smackdown tribute videolast_img read more

2018 World Cup Qualifier: FOURmidable Eagles Stay Top After Trashing Cameroon In Uyo

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria consolidated their position in Group B of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers with a 4-0 win against Cameroon.In a game watched by over 25,000 fans in Uyo, the Eagles started on the back foot for the early exchanges and were almost punished when Leon Balogun’s pass to Ezenwa evaded an on rushing Vincent Aboubakar by whiskers.Both teams shared possession for the most part of the first half until the 29th minute when Mikel’s pass found Ighalo who successfully out muscled his marker to score the opener. His goal celebration drew a yellow card after he revealed his undershirt with an inscription in solidarity of team mate Karl Ikeme – who was diagnosed with acute leukemia.Captain Mikel Obi scored Nigeria’s second goal in the 43rd minute off a Victor Moses corner dummied by Ighalo to seal a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.The second half saw Cameroon manager Hugo Broos introduce Maxim Chipo who unfortunately picked up a knock and also had to be replaced.That momentary loss of concentration aided a counter attack which the Eagles benefited from in the 55th minute, Moses Simon setting up Victor Moses who calmly slotted past Ondoa for Nigeria’s third.In the 76th minute, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi in telepathy found Iheancho, the striker could barely miss from 6-yards with his header to record the fourth of the game.The return leg is scheduled for Monday, 4th September 2017, in Yaounde.Nigeria stays top of the group with (9pts), while Cameroon holds tight (2pts) amassed in previous games against Zambia and Algeria respectively.Nigeria Squad: Ezenwa, Shehu, Troost, Balogun, Echiejile, Onazi, Mikel, Ndidi, Moses, Ighalo, Simon.Subs Used – Iheanacho, Mikel Agu, Ahmed Musa.RelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return LegSeptember 3, 2017In “Africa”Kelechi Iheanacho: The confidence level in camp is high.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

Genschaw Rd. set to close on Monday for utility work

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A key Alpena road will be closing for construction on MondayGenschaw Rd. between Long Rapids Rd. and Princeton Rd. will be closed to all traffic for utility work. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes by means of Long Rapids Rd., US-23, and Golf Course Rd.The project is expected to take two weeks to complete unless weather or construction delays occur.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, construction, Delays, Genschaw Rd., Long Rapids Rd., Utility WorkContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, May 17Next Nicholas Skaluba guilty of 4 crimes, charged with 6last_img

UEFA Expert is Visiting Koševo and Grbavica Stadium Today

first_imgExpert for stadiums and infrastructure of UEFA Trygve Borno is on a visit to the Olympic Stadium “Asim Ferhatović Hase” today.The aim of the visit is to assess the opportunities in the construction or reconstruction of a modern stadium in BiH, announced the Center for Sport and Recreation.Borno will visit municipality Novo Sarajevo today, and from 10:45-12:00 he will visit stadium Grbavica.Afterwards, there will be a presentation of a preliminary decision of the reconstruction of the stadium Grbavica.After the visit, Borno will submit a report to UEFA.(Source: Fena)last_img

Catching up to the Ruby Seadragon: new species raises new questions

first_imgThe ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) avoided scientific detection for so long due to its deepwater habitat and the fact that bodies changed color after they perished.The discovery has raised new questions about the evolution of seadragons.Researchers don’t know how threatened the ruby seadragon is, but have petitioned the government for proactive protections. In April 2016 at the Recherche Archipelago, just south of Western Australia’s coast, the ruby seadragon’s time as a science fugitive was about to end. There, Greg Rouse, a professor of marine biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, his PhD Student Josefin Stiller, also conducting research at Scripps, and Nerida Wilson, a senior research scientist from the Western Australian Museum were taking a few days’ respite from scuba diving for their usual syngnathid subjects, the weedy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) and the leafy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). Instead, the trio was hoping the swell might subside enough for a remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, to descend. And, if the place and time was right, to capture the first images of a species never before seen alive.“It was a very exciting moment,” Stiller told Mongabay, describing the anticipation that day. “We were all very agitated. It had been over a year of imagining what the species may look like.”The existence of this third seadragon species, Phyllopteryx dewysea, wasn’t known until 2014 when Stiller serendipitously discovered that the DNA from a tissue clipping she was analyzing didn’t match the profile of the two known seadragons.In 2007, a biodiversity survey trawled a ruby seadragon with a brood of eggs attached to his tail. The Western Australian Museum sent Stiller a clipping of this male’s tail, which unexpectedly lead to the discovery of Phyllopteryx dewysea. Photo copyright: Western Australian Museum.The DNA ended up belonging to a new seadragon species, a little thicker than the other two and colored a resplendent red, interrupted only by vertical bars of pink extending up its sides. But the ruby’s conspicuous color belies its furtive nature. Even in the rare instances where it was found dead – either washed up on an Australian beach or caught in a trawler – it was thought to be a common seadragon. These preserved specimens – one of which dates to 1919 – lost their color quickly after death allowing the species to avoid detection for nearly a century.Part of the ruby seadragon’s elusiveness was due to the depths at which they live. Indeed, when the expedition’s camera-equipped ROV reached the vicinity of the ruby seadragon, it was 50 meters below the surface – well beyond the usual depths of the leafy and weedy seadragons and certainly below the range of most scuba divers. At these depths, the red renders a dull brown shade, allowing the animal to better hide in its sandy habitat.On the fourth day of the expedition, the ROV finally came across their target. The ruby seadragon was due for its close up.The 30-minute sighting revealed two ruby seadragons, “turning backwards and forwards to hold position in the surge,” hanging around sponges and similar “large objects,” according to a paper published in Marine Biodiversity Records by the researchers. The video also reveals surprising differences between this new species and the other two.For example, the ROV camera captured a habitat very unlike the lush seagrass and kelp landscape that weedies and leafies love. In the video, the ruby seadragon floats just above a sandy ocean floor populated by sponges and other stationary animals. This vastness helps explain why the ruby seadragon lacks the flowing, leaf-like flourishes that the other seadragons rely on for camouflage.“In the sparse habitat they occupy, appendages would serve little purpose as camouflaging agents and could add significant costs in drag or fluid resistance, particularly in strong surge,” the authors write in the paper.Compare the weedy seadragon (left) and the leafy seadragon (right), who boast appendages that allow them to hide in dense vegetation. Conversely, the ruby seadragon has no such structures. Photo courtesy of: Greg Rouse, Josefin Stiller, and Nerida Wilson.However, some of the ruby’s anatomical features elicit more questions than answers. The encounter shows the two seadragons curling their tails, which the study interprets as an ability to grab onto objects “to stop from being swept off” its deep reef habitat during ocean surges. Weedies and leafies don’t have this ability, but closely related pipefish genera, like Solegnathus and Syngnathoides, do. Before this finding, it was assumed that the seadragon’s ancestors had lost this characteristic, leaving all living seadragon species without a curling tail. But now, the ruby seadragon’s curling tail raises questions about their evolutionary history. Did all seadragons indeed lose the trait, only for it to evolve in the ruby seadragon later? Or is the ruby seadragon carrying the same prehensile ability that its ancestors had?Perhaps the most vital question now concerns their protection. Reports from Dragon Search, a program that helped monitor seadragon sightings, call attention to “multiple contaminants” such as sewage, erosion, and stormwater runoff radiating into the ocean from South and Western Australia. Poor water quality is especially notable in marine habitats surrounding cities. Tracking the populations of seadragons themselves is no easy feat, so conservation groups can’t quite say how seadragon numbers have changed as a result of city-borne pollution.“[Seadragons] often occur in rather remote parts of Australia where SCUBA diving takes a lot of effort,” Stiller said.What scientists do know is that the seagrass meadows and kelp reefs where leafy and weedy seadragons live have been disappearing for at least two decades, putting the two species in the IUCN’s Near Threatened category.“All three species are specialists in their habitats,” Stiller explained. “The common and leafy seadragons use kelp as shelter; the ruby lives among sponges. These habitats need to be healthy in order to have healthy populations of seadragons.”The scientists are seeking government-enforced protections for the ruby seadragon. But, as a newly-identified species, relatively few things are known about it. The IUCN currently lists the species as Data Deficient, meaning conservationists don’t know enough yet to assess how threatened it is. Still, these initial revelations open the door for future study and conservation measures in its benthic habitat.Though its penchant for mystery has allowed it to survive long enough for science to catch up to it, the ruby’s discovery may be what helps it continue to thrive.Citations:Baker, J.L. 2003. Dragon Search South Australia – Summary of South Australian Sighting Data to January 2003. Internal Report – Dragon Search Community-Based Monitoring Project.Rouse, G. W., Stiller, J., & Wilson, N. G. (2002). First live records of the ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea). Journal of Fish Biology, 61(3), 684–695. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2002.tb00904.xStiller, J., Wilson, N. G., & Rouse, G. W. (2015). A spectacular new species of seadragon (Syngnathidae). Royal Society Open Science, 2(2), 140458–140458. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.140458Stiller, J. (n.d.). Seadragon: Ruby Red with Pink Stripes | ESF Top 10 New Species. http://www.esf.edu/top10/2016/06.author.htm Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Ecosystems, Habitat, Interns, Marine Animals, New Species, Oceans, Wildlife Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, In-situ Conservation, India-wildlife, Mammals, One-horned Rhinos, Protected Areas, Rhinos, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservationists rely on a semi-synthetic opioid called Etorphine HCl to tranquilize rhinos for veterinary care, translocation and other critical interventions.Due to export regulations in South Africa, and red tape at home, Indian states face a critical shortage of the drug.The lack of Etorphine is already holding up translocation plans in several protected areas, and preventing veterinarians from caring for injured animals. “Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too,” says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in India’s Assam state since 1987.He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhino’s rump or neck.It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhino’s thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation.The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl.“Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today,” says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. “Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos.”India’s stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, home to the country’s rhino population, have almost run out of it. Since chemical immobilization plays a crucial role in the monitoring and conservation of the species, this shortage is already having an impact on rhino management plans, Sharma said.Greater one-horned rhinos running in Kaziranga National Park. Photo by Murali K via Flickr.Supply-chain problemsHome to more than 2,900 greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis), India does not manufacture this critical narcotic derivative and needs to import it. South Africa, where the tranquilizer is manufactured, recently banned the export of compounded drugs — including the only commercially available Etorphine HCl compound — raising questions about how India will be able to secure it in the future.“We are in trouble regarding the procurement of the drug,” said Kushal Konwar Sarma, professor of surgery and radiology at the College of Veterinary Science in Assam. “With so many rhinos in hand and with no drug to restrain them, what will we do but to be just spectators?”The drug was once manufactured and sold under the trade name M99 in the United States, but is no longer commercially available, Sarma said. M99 was followed by a compound drug known as Immobilon, manufactured in the United Kingdom and which, according to Sarma, was a superior medication since it contained components that helped manage stress and prevent rhinos from overheating while being revived. Immobilon, too, is now off the market.The Etorphine currently being manufactured is registered under the trade name Captivon and available in South Africa. However, a regulation that came into force in South Africa this September says that “no medicine may be compounded by a pharmacist or licensed person …  for the purpose of export” — a rule that has, for now, put Captivon out of the reach of Indian conservationists.Sarma said he hopes it may somehow be possible to at least procure Etorphine in its simple form, even if the compounded drug isn’t available. “The picture is however not clear as yet,” he said.Even if veterinary facilities manage to find a supplier, they could still run into roadblocks within India. As a Schedule-1 narcotic derivative, Etorphine is a highly regulated drug, making its import a long, drawn-out process.“In India too, getting [an] import license for the drug is not easy,” says Subrata Pal Chowdhury, technical assistant in the West Bengal Wildlife Wing of the Forest Department. Even before applying to India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which ultimately approves the import application, conservation groups and government agencies have to spend from six months to a year obtaining a range of other permits and certifications from government departments, says Chowdhury, an expert on the immobilization and transport of wild animals.If the NCB approves a requisition request, it then passes it on to the International Narcotics Control Board in Vienna, which clears the drug company to make the delivery. However, even before South Africa banned Captivon exports, the Indian government had gone years without passing along requisition requests, Chowdhury said. The last time Odisha State’s Nandankanan Zoo, the officially designated import licensee and the facility responsible for distributing the drug to other institutions, received a shipment was in the 2009-2010 fiscal period. According to Nandankanan director Sisir Kumar Acharya, requisition orders from states including Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh are still pending, due to the absence of supply from manufacturers. The Assam state government procured it via alternative channels in 2014-2015, but has not managed to renew stocks since.A greater one-horned rhino in Assam State’s Pobitora National Park. Photo by Travelling Slacker via Flickr.Effects on the groundIn the meantime, both critical rescue work and ambitious relocation plans have stalled.“Our second phase of rhino reintroduction program in Dudhwa National Park is held up in absence of this drug,” said Sunil Choudhary, Dudhwa’s field director.From seven rhinos brought to the park in 1984, Dudhwa now hosts 34 at its Sonaripur Range. While the success story is encouraging, park officials are wary of the possibility of inbreeding, which can lower the immunity of the existing population. Consequently, Choudhary said, officials plan to move two or three female rhinos and bring in a new male, in hopes of establishing a second breeding population in another part of the park.There’s just one problem: “In January 2017, when we checked our drug stock, we found they had already expired. They have a short shelf life between 12 months [and] 18 months,” Choudhary said. The state is currently attempting to obtain its own import license for the rhino tranquilizer.Assam is also keeping its fingers crossed for the availability of the drug. “Winter is the best time for rhino relocation, as the administering anesthesia releases heat from the animal’s body, and accordingly we had plans to do so in Manas and Laokhowa from Pobitora and Kaziranga respectively, by February 2018,” said Assam Veterinary College’s Sarma. “But if we can’t procure the drug our program will fail.”Assam State’s Manas Park, for example, urgently needs the drug, both to allow translocation and for veterinary care.  The park has about 10 females and 15 males, which is leading to fighting among the males, said special duty officer Boro. One rhino has already sustained a leg injury, likely due to such sparring. Without Etorphine, the caretakers are helpless. “Proper treatment would have helped the animal to recover faster, but we had no choice but to simply monitor it from a distance and leave the rest to nature,” Boro said.West Bengal, another rhino range state, still has a small stock of Etorphine left for emergency use. However, the drug has already passed its official expiration date, says Pradeep Vyas, recently retired as the state’s chief wildlife warden. The drug is known to retain its efficacy for at least a few years, he said, but officials there are working to acquire more stock.With more rhinos straying from their habitats as carrying capacities are exceeded, West Bengal has plans to relocate at least 50 rhinos to new habitats within the state. Underscoring the urgency of the relocations, the body of a juvenile male rhino was found on Nov. 7 in the Dhupjhora area of Gorumara National Park. The animal, aged 3 or 4 years old, likely died from fighting, according to divisional forest officer Nisha Goswami.A greater one-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park. Photo by Murali K via Flickr.Bibhab Talukdar, chair of the IUCN SSC Asian Rhino Specialist Group, emphasized the necessity of putting in place a regular mechanism for procuring Etorphine. “The Environment Ministry should assess its annual requirements and take it up with [the] Home Ministry that governs the Narcotic Control Bureau,” he said. He added that India needs around 50 vials of the drug per year for rhino management.Accordingly, he said, India should place its requisition before the International Narcotics Control Board on time, so that the stock doesn’t run out and rhino management is not affected. Talukdar also called on the government to earmark an annual budget for Etorphine and entrust agencies such as the Central Zoo Authority and the Wildlife Institute of India with its procurement.South Africa must also be made aware of the gravity of the situation in fellow rhino range countries, so that it revokes the export ban in the interest of global rhino conservation, he said. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Isabel Estermanlast_img read more

Militarization and mining a dangerous mix in Venezuelan Amazon

first_imgAmazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Biodiversity Hotspots, Controversial, Corruption, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, environmental justice, Environmental Politics, Featured, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Loss, Forests, Global Environmental Crisis, Gold Mining, Green, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Slavery, Social Conflict, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation Venezuela today is gripped by a catastrophic economic crisis, born out of corruption on a vast scale, government mismanagement and a failed petro-economy.In 2016, President Nicolás Maduro announced the opening of the Orinoco Mining Arc, a vast region in the southern part of the nation perhaps boasting $100 billion in untapped gold, diamonds and coltan, as well as being one of the most biodiverse parts of the Amazon.Maduro also created an “Economic Military Zone” to protect the region. Today, the army has a huge presence there, ostensibly to reduce the influence of organized gangs doing illegal mining.In reality, the military is heavily involved in mining itself, often allegedly competing with gangs for resources, with violent conflict a result. Small-scale miners, indigenous and traditional communities, and the environment could be the big losers in this struggle for power and wealth. The Venezuelan military stops motorists passing in front of Minerven, a state company just outside of the town of El Callao. These military checkpoints are a regular part of Venezuelan life today. Photo by Bram EbusThis story is the first in a series of Mongabay articles about Venezuela’s Arco Minero, produced in partnership with InfoAmazonia which has launched an in-depth multimedia platform called Digging into the Mining Arc, exclusively highlighting Venezuela’s mining boom. The three Mongabay stories by Bram Ebus can be found here, here and here. A fourth story, by Mongabay Editor Glenn Scherer, summarizing the series, can be found here.EL CALLAO, BOLIVAR, Venezuela – In conflict-ridden Venezuela, slowing your car to a stop, rolling down your window, and opening your trunk to allow armed National Guardsmen to inspect your vehicle has become a standard routine for just about everybody.Especially in rural Bolívar, the nation’s richest state in minerals, and a region at the heart of what’s known as Venezuela’s Orinoco Mining Arc.There, drivers can expect to encounter improvised roadblocks roughly every half hour. Rural roads are also patrolled by the military and intelligence services, looking for gold smugglers or maybe for an opportunity to extort money or supplies from those making deliveries of food and fuel to the mines.“This government and President Maduro send everybody here: the military, SEBIN [police intelligence], the [state] police and the National Guard. Since about a year ago they have taken control and malandros [gangs] are farther away now,” says Manuel Álvarez (not his real name), a miner.“So do not freak out!” he stresses. “You will see a lot of arms here!”Álvarez has his own mine in Bolívar state where he employs 30 to 40 people. He even mined the gold for his own false tooth, which he happily displays. Álvarez explains that the town of El Callao in Bolívar is surrounded by illegal gold mines, along with legal ones run by small public companies.This mingling of mining and all things military is typical of Venezuela today, a nation with a collapsing petro-economy that is enduring some of the worst military crackdowns, unrest and civil disturbance in its history — all of which is likely bad for the environment and its protection.Manuel Álvarez (not his real name) shows off his golden tooth. He mined the gold himself. Photo by Bram EbusMaduro wagers on mining and his militaryVenezuela is making a dangerous bet. The country, ravaged by corruption, is going all-in on large-scale mining to save the day. With the economy still in free fall, and a 2,300 percent inflation rate expected this year, whole families are fleeing their communities in the urban north and trekking into the remote mining regions to the south in search of financial salvation, or at least a living wage.The lucky ones will reap the benefits of mining, what some critics call the “legalized larceny” of natural resource extraction, though the risks are extremely high.The Mining Decree announced by President Nicolàs Maduro in 2016 opened up the Orinoco Mining Arc (Arco Minero) for exploration and exploitation; it is a rugged, largely forested area covering 112,000 square kilometers (43,240 square miles), much of it part of the Amazon.The region, located south of the Orinoco River, is reportedly rich with the world’s most wanted ores, but is also plagued by conflict, fueled by the military, local armed gangs and Colombian guerrilla groups — all seeking control of an estimated, but uncertified, $100 billion in hidden minerals.A small-scale miner awaits as the author is winched up after descending 40 meters (130 feet) into a Venezuelan mining shaft. Photo by Bram EbusSo far, newly created national and international companies, mostly without much mining experience, have been lining up to get a piece of the pie — gold, coltan, copper, diamonds and much more — but they are not alone in the region: the military has also staked a claim.When Maduro launched the Arco Minero last year, he also created an “Economic Military Zone” to protect it, entitling his armed forces to participate in all mining activities, while also increasing their operational capabilities inside the mining region.Private corporations that want to mine in Venezuela are required by law to form joint ventures with state-owned-companies, many only just recently created. One of the new companies is the so-called Anonymous Military Company of Mining, dubbed CAMIMPEG.This trend is nothing new for Venezuela. Business and the army are often closely linked, with active or pensioned high-ranking military personnel serving on about 30 percent of known public company boards. It was the late socialist President Hugo Chávez who first lavished significant authority on the national army, so that today it is able to operate with a high level of impunity throughout the country.But that doesn’t mean that locals like or trust the military. In El Callao, for example, a town dominated by mining, soldiers maintain a strong visual presence, but many keep their faces hidden behind hoods and bandanas.“They cover their faces if they [come] from the region themselves, to not get recognized. Soldiers have been killed before,” explains an owner of a local gold trading shop.Shops that buy and sell gold dominate the town of El Callao, a miners’ enclave. Small-scale miners rarely receive the full value of the gold they mine. Photo by Bram EbusEach morning, small-scale miners gather at the central square of El Callao. Depending on weather conditions and demand in the mines, they are offered day jobs. If they don’t find work, they often simply spend their days searching the local rivers with their washing boards. Photo by Bram EbusInside the Mining ArcMaduro’s declaration of the Economic Military Zone is meant “to implicate the military in mining,” says Alexander Luzardo, who has a doctorate in environmental rights, and who wrote the environmental protection legislation included in Venezuela’s current constitution.Luzardo and other environmentalists fear that unrestricted mining and the presence of the military in the Arco Minero will endanger rivers and forests, as well as the Amazon region’s extraordinary biodiversity.The Arco Minero encompasses Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans 30,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles). Its forests and flat-topped plateaus are home to jaguars (Panthera onca), giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).The region slated for mining development also includes the Imataca Forest Reserve (30,000 square kilometers); the La Paragua and El Caura reserves (50,000 square kilometers; 19,000 square miles); the Cerro Guanay Natural Monument; and the Caroní River watershed (96,000 square kilometers; 37,000 square miles).The owner of a local gold pawn shop in Tumeremo, Bolivar state, shows a stack of Venezuelan money, worth only a few dollars due to the nation’s rapidly escalating inflation. Photo by Bram EbusInside the Mining Arc, the National Guard now controls most of the roads, where it is reported to earn money through extortion and smuggling, while the army controls many mining operations. Generals often dominate resource-rich areas; according to locals, these commanders frequently operate above the law — bad news for the region’s biodiversity, environment and indigenous and traditional communities.Luzardo believes that President Maduro’s Arco Minero decree not only violates the country’s constitution, but also other national legislation and international regulations designed to protect the environment and indigenous peoples.“You cannot legalize an environmental crime,” he says, explaining that the army should protect the environment and not partake in its destruction.A migrant miner in El Callao shows us “la veta,” an underground vein rich in minerals. Photo by Bram EbusSmall-scale miners Making things more complicated, mining companies and the military are competing with, as well as exploiting, the artisanal mining sector. Venezuela has an estimated 250,000 small-scale miners. Some operate their own small mines (both legal and illegal), while many others work in gang-controlled mines, especially inside the Arco Minero, or are part of mines controlled by the military.Life is typically tough for these small-scale miners. Many became prospectors after losing their jobs as a result of the catastrophic Venezuelan economic crisis born out of government mismanagement, corruption and the collapse of the country’s petro-economy in 2014.Now they spend their days deep in mining pits and tunnels, or up to their necks in rivers where they mine for gold and other minerals. The operations they work for are often illegal, which means that the small-scale miners are criminalized, while also being repressed and poorly treated. They depend for their livelihoods on local power structures, which are very fluid, typically changing every few months.Often deprived of a fair price for the minerals they mine, or underpaid, these men frequently fear for their lives and must cope daily with dangerous conditions, risking mine collapses and handling toxic mercury used in gold ore processing. Most small-scale miners simply want to bring home the bacon to support their families, so it’s no surprise that environmental regulations rate far down their list of priorities.A Tumeremo gold pawn shop owner sits behind his desk while enjoying the luxury of a cooling desk fan. He says that he is happy to buy and sell gold, and that it is far too dangerous to work in or around the mines. Photo by Bram EbusA gold trader in Tumeremo displays 68.9 grams of gold he just certified. The Orinoco Mining Arc is claimed to hold $100 billion in as yet uncertified and hidden minerals. Photo by Bram Ebus“A façade to continue the fraud”Manuel Álvarez, the miner, says most mines within the Arco Minero continue to be protected by armed gunmen. At first, the region’s natural resources were heavily contested between competing gangs, he recalls, but when the government declared the Economic Military Zone, some order was restored.“The army really has treated the people well,” he says. “They’ve cleaned up the zone and people can work quietly now.”For Álvarez, things might indeed be better, but not all miners in Bolívar have such a good relationship with the army. During a single week in September 2017, 30 miners were killed in clashes with state troops near the municipality of Tumeremo. In March of last year, 28 miners were massacred, also near Tumeremo, in an attack linked to government forces. Locals fear that these assaults could be a preamble to greater violence in the Arco Minero.A makeshift installation made to separate gold from waste rock and sediments. Mercury use is inherent to this technique, and a toxic danger to miners. Photo by Bram EbusThese attacks by Venezuelan military forces are not, according to Bolívar state deputy Américo de Grazia , conducted primarily to destroy organized criminal networks, but rather to eliminate gangs that are not doing business with the army and National Guard.“The Arco Minero is a facade to continue with the fraud,” he says. “It’s an attempt to deepen the theft of minerals. Not only gold, but also diamonds, coltan and any product.”According to de Grazia, most Venezuelan mining is accomplished by illegal armed groups, which control large numbers of small-scale miners. The deputy also says that the “legal” gold that the state companies claim to produce is not actually mined by them, but rather by illegal mines and miners. “There is an established culture for the robbery of minerals. The [government now] intends to capitalize on [this] through CAMIMPEG,” the military’s mining company.As a result, confrontations between state forces and rival gangs have grown more frequent. The violence flares up particularly when there is a change in military leadership or when a criminal group loses its grip on its mines.Small-scale miners in Bolívar state transport mineral ore to one of the nearby processing mills. They are rarely well rewarded for their grueling work yet suffer major risks to health and their lives. Photo by Bram EbusThe military “wants to have their own operators, or pranes, so that they have better profits,” says de Grazia, adding that the officers in charge of mining areas are often rotated. “The pran is an agent of retention; when he doesn’t obey the general of the moment, he cannot operate. That’s why every military [leader] who arrives wants to get rich overnight, which makes him [potentially] crueler and more violent. This causes his norms to be more inhumane, because he knows that this is the way to enrich himself.”Cliver Alcalá Cordones, a Major General who retired in 2013 and a Chávez loyalist who was in charge of the mining regions, affirms that the army is heavily involved in illegal mining. The military perpetrated massacres are, according to Alcalá Cordones, the result of “instructions of superior commanders to guarantee companies to not suffer from distubances, or to not pay a ‘vaccine’ [extortion money] or [just] because of business.”Some mines are directly operated by the army, with a share of the output going to Venezuela’s central bank. “They give something to the state for legitimacy,” adds de Grazia. He describes the gold going to the government as a “tip.”Today, it’s estimated that about 91 percent of Venezuela’s gold is produced illegally, but the criminal activities attached to it don’t end with the mining. Various persons involved in both legal and illegal Venezuelan mining operations confirm that most gold produced in the country is smuggled out through Colombia and the Caribbean islands, an operation often allegedly carried out by the Venezuelan army.A makeshift installation made to separate gold from waste rock and sediments. Mercury use is inherent to this technique, and a toxic danger to miners. Photo by Bram EbusAn amalgam formed with toxic mercury and gold. The amalgam is heated with a gas burner so the mercury vaporizes; in this way the gold is separated from waste. The process, often carried out without proper protection by small-scale miners, can lead easily to mercury poisoning, ultimately deadly. Photo by Bram EbusUnder such corrupt conditions, it is hard to see how the Orinoco Mining Arc could end up being Venezuela’s economic salvation. It is far easier to imagine that a formula combining militarization and mining could end in the ruin of the nation’s portion of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, while putting small-scale miners and indigenous and traditional communities at terrible risk.The Venezuelan government and CAMIMPEG, the Military mining company did not respond to requests for comment for this story.This Mongabay series was produced in cooperation with a joint reporting project between InfoAmazonia and Correo del Caroni, made possible by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. An InfoAmazonia multimedia platform called Digging into the Mining Arc features in-depth stories on the topic.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Franco León, a young miner who suffers from malaria, inspects an underground near El Callao. Photo by Bram Ebus Article published by Glenn Scherercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Roads, dams and railways: Ten infrastructure stories from Southeast Asia in 2017

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Agriculture, Amphibians, Animals, Apes, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Cats, Conservation, Corruption, Dams, Deforestation, Ecology, Economics, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Politics, Fish, Fishing, Forests, Great Apes, Hunting, Infrastructure, Land Rights, Logging, Mammals, Mekong Dams, Mining, Oceans, Orangutans, Parks, Poaching, Pollution, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Reptiles, Research, Rhinos, Roads, Tigers, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Water, Water Pollution, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Southeast Asia is one of the epicenters of a global “tsunami” of infrastructure development.As the countries in the region work to elevate their economic standing, concerns from scientists and NGOs highlight the potential pitfalls in the form of environmental degradation and destruction that roads, dams and other infrastructure can bring in tow.Mongabay had reporters covering the region in 2017. Here are 10 of their stories. Around the world, there’s a push for rapid infrastructure development, and nowhere is that truer than in Southeast Asia. Roads, seen by the World Bank as a “blunt instrument” for economic development, are perhaps the most visible sign of this coming storm, with 25 million kilometers (15.5 million miles) of roads slated for construction around the world by 2050. In Southeast Asia, local, regional and national governments are working on projects like the Pan-Borneo Highway, the Central Spine road to connect Kunming in China with Singapore, and the expansion of roadways to link small communities with big cities.While research doesn’t always show a firm connection between these developments and immediate economic benefits, poorly sited roads have been shown to open once-remote areas to hunting, agriculture and human settlement. Countries around the region are also working on dams for drinking water and hydroelectric power, railroads to shoulder the traffic burden from a growing population, and even new land created by pulling up sand and gravel from the sea floor.Throughout 2017, Mongabay’s staff and contributors have been talking with the scientists, community leaders and government officials involved in the decision-making process. And they’ve spent time on the ground working to understand the important impacts on the environment and the lives of the people who call these places home. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look back at 10 important stories on infrastructure in Southeast Asia from 2017.William Laurance (right) getting a briefing from a park guard about a planned superhighway in Nigeria. Photo by Mahmoud Mahmoud.1. An ‘infrastructure tsunami’ for Asia: Q&A with researcher William Laurance — Jan. 6, 2017Tropical ecologist William Laurance spoke with series editor Isabel Esterman about a “tsunami” of new development happening all over the world. In 2014, he and his team put together a global roadmap highlighting spots where roads could do the most environmental damage and others where they could help connect farmers to markets and benefit local economies. Since that time, the researchers, based at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, have focused their efforts on Southeast Asia. They’re gathering finer-scale data about upcoming projects, creating relationships with NGOs, other scientists and government officials, and working to identify the environmental, social and economic costs of planned projects across a region replete with critically important tropical habitats.Workers for construction giant Italian-Thai atop a concrete structure that will support an overpass and the expansion of Highway 304. Work is expected to be completed in 2018. Thai authorities are counting on mitigation measures like wildlife corridors to reduce the road’s impact on wildlife. Photo by Demelza Stokes for Mongabay.2. Thap Lan: Thailand’s unsung forest gem under threat, but still abrim with life — Jan. 31, 2017Thap Lan National Park in Thailand is a bastion of biodiversity in Southeast Asia, providing a home for 112 species of mammals, 392 species of birds and 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Asian elephants (Elephas maximas), king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) and hornbills are all found in the park’s 2,236 square kilometers (863 square miles) of forest, and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But in addition to poaching and logging, the expansion of a highway that connects to Bangkok is encroaching on the park. Officials argue that a wider road is vital to the country’s development, and there are plans for wildlife corridors to allow animals to move around in the park. But conservationists worry that it’s not enough. Journalist Demelza Stokes takes us into the park for a look at how Thailand is working to balance conservation with economic development.Silent rusting mine machinery litters the Panguna mine site in Papua New Guinea, abandoned 28 years ago. Photo by Catherine Wilson for Mongabay.3. Rio Tinto walks away from environmental responsibility for Bougainville’s Panguna mine — April 6, 2017Local communities on an island in eastern Papua New Guinea are still dealing with the negative effects of a copper mine decades after it was shut down. In 1989, local landowners succeed in halting Rio Tinto’s operations at the Panguna open-pit mine, arguing that the company was polluting the local water supply and hadn’t adequately shared its profits. The government is trying to get Rio Tinto to fund a cleanup operation, but the company said that, since 2016, it no longer has a financial stake in the mine and therefore can’t be held responsible. Contributor Catherine Wilson sifts through the arguments for Mongabay.Danum Valley, a protected primary forest in Sabah. Photo by John C. Cannon.4. On the road to ‘smart development’ — May 25, 2017Critical questions about where to build roads and other infrastructure projects swirl in places like Malaysia, not just about the locations that will do the least environmental harm, but also where they’ll bring about the most social and economic good for local people. But the benefits are often overblown and the costs underestimated, said ecologist Bill Laurance as he and his team embarked on a new project in 2017. Their aim is to help policymakers get hold of the kind of data that puts those highly complex decisions in the simplest terms, allowing for infrastructure development that does the most good and the least harm. Staff writer John Cannon tagged along with Laurance and his colleagues on a recent trip to Malaysia and filed a dispatch in May.Protesters from Galesong hold a banner calling for an end to sand mining as they occupy the area slated for the Centre Point development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo by Wahyu Chandra/Mongabay-Indonesia.5. Sand mining, land reclamation meet fierce resistance in Makassar — July 10, 2017The government of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi is intent on creating more space and a new “prestigious landmark” in the form of a series of artificial islands off its capital city, Makassar. The land-reclamation project needs 22 million cubic meters (777 million cubic feet) of sand and gravel, which has spurred local fishing communities into a campaign of resistance. They say the plunder of that much building material will crush their livelihoods, so they’ve tried to block dredging ships. A local NGO has also sued the government for not having a fisheries permit or an environmental impact assessment. Reporters Rahmat Hardiansya and Wahyu Chandra visited Makassar to get the full story.A baby Malayan sun bear (pictured here in Borneo), one of the many highly endangered species found in Kerinci Seblat National Park in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.6. Road projects threaten Sumatra’s last great rainforests — Aug. 7, 2017Often seen as a simple tool to bring quick economic benefits, roads also open up remote areas to environmental degradation and destruction. In 2017, officials on the Indonesian island of Sumatra moved forward plans to build a network of roads designed to connect local communities and provide evacuation routes from far-flung areas. But conservationists opposed blueprints to cut into several national parks on the island. These parks hold around 10,000 plant species and more than 200 mammal species, including the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, which could suffer due to the acceleration of habitat loss that roads could introduce into their ranges. Staff writer Hans Nicholas Jong investigates for Mongabay.Elephants making use of a viaduct at the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor in Terengganu state in Peninsular Malaysia. Photo courtesy of G. Reuben Clements.7. Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link a double-edged sword for environment, wildlife — Aug. 9, 2017In August, crews in Peninsular Malaysia started working on a new 600-kilometer (373-mile) railroad that will connect this part of the country’s east and west coasts. Funding for the $12.8 billion effort is coming from Chinese backers, and it’s hoped that the railway will ease the traffic burden on Malaysia’s roads. But it also cuts through important areas of forest and critical habitat for the region’s wildlife. The environmental impact assessment for the project reports that it will cause “severe fragmentation of habitats.” Contributor Kate Mayberry traveled to the area and tells the story for Mongabay.Tall, dense mangrove trees on the shore of Balang Island, near the site of a proposed bridge in Indonesia. Photo by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay.8. ‘Ecological disaster’: controversial bridge puts East Kalimantan’s green commitment to the test — Aug. 30, 2017The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan is working to connect its cities to more rural parts of Borneo in an effort to jump-start the economy. Currently, crews are working on the Pulau Balang Bridge to link Balikpapan with communities across Balikpapan Bay. In the works for nearly a decade, the project has raised the ire of conservationists worried about the damage the bridge might do to marine life in the bay and the wildlife within the remaining tracts of primary coastal forest. And local community members worry that the economic development promised by the government will go unrealized. Staff writer Basten Gokkon tells the story.A local leader protesting the construction of the Kaiduan Dam poses in front of artwork in a “Save Ulu Papar” shirt. Photo by Kenny Gotlieb for Mongabay.9. Cross currents: Mega-dams and micro-hydro offer two different futures for rural Borneo — Sept. 20, 2017Residents of villages along the Papar River in northern Borneo face an uncertain future. In January 2017, the infrastructure minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah announced that plans were moving forward to build the long-planned Kaiduan Dam to provide drinking water to people living in the state capital, Kota Kinabalu. But construction of the dam would require resettling several villages in the area. In the meantime, villages such as Longkogungan are installing their own infrastructure in the form of micro-hydropower systems to harvest energy as streams tumble through the mountains of the Crocker Range toward the sea. Reporter Kenny Gotlieb met with local leaders and shares their stories.Houses waiting for villagers resisting being moved for the dam at the New Kbal Romeas resettlement village. Photo by Jenny Denton for Mongabay.10. ‘If it’s going to kill us, OK, we’ll die’: Villagers stand firm as Cambodian dam begins to fill — Oct. 18, 2017Crews in Cambodia started construction of a new dam in September. The $800 million project will be the country’s largest generator of hydropower, but NGOs argue that the thousands of lives it will affect are too high a price to pay. They contend that losses to fishing communities both upstream and downstream of the dam will be disastrous. The government has already resettled many communities, but contributor Jenny Denton reports that 100 families have resolved to stay on their land, even as the waters rise around them.Editor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.Banner image of Bornean orangutans by John C. Cannon.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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